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Rustic Carlsbad Ranch Wedding

From the fun lawn games and dangling mason jar floral arrangements to the array of Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses and retro figurine cake toppers, it’s clear this wedding was something special, in large part due to amazing vendors like I Do…Weddings & Events. Zelo Photography captured all the thoughtful details that made up this magical day.


From I Do…Weddings!…This venue has such a rustic charm in the architecture and landscaping. With such lush greenery surrounding the property, weathered barns scattered throughout, antique windmills, peacocks roaming around, and the warmth of the sunshine, you just can’t help but smile.

From the Mother of the Bride…My daughter’s dream was to have a ‘shabby-chic,’ vintage wedding with lots of crafty and personalized touches.” With so much love and thoughtfulness, Jamie’s family put together many decorative DIY projects. Each detail was well thought out and truly expressive of them and their love story. From the lit-up “J” initials, vintage plates used for guest seating and table numbers, lawn games, and wood signs, their décor was the perfect setup for their wedding day!

Jamie Jeremiah’s wedding ceremony was held under this giant pepper tree. Mason jars were delicately hung from the trees and chairs filled with an array of gorgeous blooms and accented with lace.

Guests were then invited to enjoy cocktail hour, where they enjoyed playing personalized lawn games and taking fun pictures within a vintage photobooth.

Guests then took their seats at the rustic feast wood tables, which were accented with Jute Wheat table runners, and beautiful blush pinks, soft peach, ivory, and soft green floral arrangements. This definitely set the tone for a beautiful shabby-chic and pastel color palette wedding!

The Bride looked stunning as ever in her white dress, and her beautiful bridesmaids dressed in long dresses all mixed and matched with an assortment of pinks, charcoal and light grey. I absolutely LOVE the Bride’s and bridesmaids bouquets created with vibrant garden roses, roses, spray roses, lisianthus, succulents, and wrapped with burlap and ivory lace. Groom and Groomsmen were looking sharp in their grey suits accented with a black tie and a gorgeous succulent boutonniere.

Jamie and Jeremiah’s wedding day was magical; especially with their nearest and dearest family and friends there to celebrate and dance the night away under the stars.

Photography: Zelo Photography | Videographer: Side By Side Cinema | Wedding Coordinator: I Do...Weddings! | Florals: Cherry Blossom Floral Design | Wedding Dress: James Clifford | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom's Attire: Calvin Klein | Groomsmen's Attire: Friar Tux Shop | Allie’s Party Rentals: Gloria | Dessert/Cake: VG Bakery | Guitarist/DJ: B’ Entertained | Hair/Makeup: Style Lounge | Leo Carrillo Ranch: Charles Balteria | Photobooth: Vintage Vault | Root Cellar Catering : Marie

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Marmalade Sky Films + A Discount + A Giveaway!

There is something so special about having your wedding day captured on film for you and your honey to relive over and over again. And when the film is done by the insanely creative Northern California boutique cinematography company Marmalade Sky Films, you’ll find any excuse to press play.

Behind the lens is a team of best friends, Eugene + Matt, who worked in the film industry prior to discovering their passion for wedding cinematography. Thanks to this experience, every film they create is based in a deep love for visual storytelling. Their films capture all the special moments of the couple’s big day, from the kisses to the laughter and tears, in a way that is authentic and genuine, to tell each couple’s individual and unique love story.

Are you head-over-heels yet? Well now’s the time to book your big day with Marmalade Sky Films because they’re giving SMP readers who book before September 2015 $200 off a Wedding Cinematography Package of their choice! Simply mention this post when booking to redeem the offer. Check out their packages here.
Oh and there’s more! Marmalade Sky Films is giving one lucky reader a Save the Date film shot on Full HD ($499 value).

To enter:Comment on this post with why you’d love to have Marmalade Sky Films tell the story of you and your honey!

To win: A winner will be randomly chosen and announced in WIUP on Friday, April 24, 2015.

The details: Session must take place in San Francisco or mutually agreed upon location on mutually agreed upon date. The giveaway includes session time and one Engagement Video or Save the Date Invitation video (30 seconds to 1 minute in length).


Festive Double Wedding in Carlsbad

Attention twins! If going through a life event as big as getting married seems unfathomable without your (first) better half by your side, take note. This is proof that double weddings are not only possible, but can be pulled off with style, grace, and leave everyone feeling included (especially if you get two cakes from Flour Power). Check out the awesome images from Inner Song Photography. Catch the full gallery here.

From Inner Song PhotographySupermodel twin brides getting married to their respective men at the fabulous Leo Carillo Ranch! Very down to earth and stunning bride sisters got married side by side to their (beyond) lucky guys! As twins, I can only imagine that you are beyond close and growing up you have to share everything… but to share your wedding day with your best friend and celebrating in the beginning of a life with new best friends!? Fabulous.

The party took place at the Leo Carillo Ranch [which in itself is amazing]. We landed some of my most favorite photos I’ve taken. The ceremony was beautiful and done creatively in a way to make it unique to each couple while still sharing the spotlight. There were laughs and cries, it was playful, fun, authentic. Keep in mind the task of marrying two couples at the same time and still making it special and unique for each of them… Bethel, you handled it perfectly. Each couple had their time and gave heartfelt personalized vows to one other, everyone was crying tears of joy.

The most exciting part was the challenge of everything of your typical wedding day, multiplied by two! It was like a Doublemint Gum commercial. double your pleasure, double your fun! We had simultaneous kiss shots to conclude the ceremony, simultaneous cake cutting, double first dances and I think one of the most intense moments was Dad walking BOTH daughters down the aisle at the same time… one on each arm.

Photography: Inner Song Photography | Flowers: Janet Gentile Florals | Cake: Flour Power | Catering: El Indio Mexican Food | Make Up: Jenna @ MAC Carlsbad | Hair: Courtney Chyrchel @ Luco Hair | DJ: The Mad Platter | Officiant: Ceremonies By Bethel

Romantic Carlsbad Wedding

I’ve lived in Las Vegas for almost nine years now, and never once have I met a handsome stranger at Emeril’s sports bar, totally hit it off and fell in love by the end of the night.  I guess that’s the kind of event that happens for a perfectly matched duo like these sweeties, a twosome that you can just tell is  Their story is EPIC… and their wedding planned by SPARK Event Consulting?  Just as amazing as you think it would be.  See it all captured by John & Joseph Photography in the full gallery.


From SPARK Event Consulting… Planning sessions preparing for Whitney and Greg’s wedding would typically result in my cheeks hurting and stomach aching from laughing so much after spending time together! It was the same great energy that made Whitney and Greg such an amazing couple and an obvious favorite amongst their friends and peers as displayed in the outpouring of love on their wedding day, celebrating the new Mr. and Mrs. Peyser! It was beyond my pleasure to be a part of their wedding experience and a privilege to share their story.

The bride comes from a small farming town at the southernmost end of California, while our groom grew up clear across the country in a little north shore enclave in New York. And yet, they were destined to meet one fateful March Madness weekend in the loud and busy city of Las Vegas.

For their wedding day, the couple wanted it to feel like their relationship: romantic, fun and filled with love. They chose La Costa Resort in Carlsbad and while a large resort, fell in love with an intimate lawn location with a bright bougainvillea arch and large trees with beautiful, draping branches for their ceremony. They wanted this space to look natural, simply enhancing the existing setting. Flowers ~ Annette Gomez perfectly interpreted their wishes by lining the aisle with small and large ivy topiaries and lush ficus trees mixed with blooming bougainvillea that “naturally” enhanced the open space. Rustic Spanish style lanterns also accented the aisle and hung from garlands of ivy from the tree branches. To the existing bougainvillea arch, additional blooms, topiaries, and trees, as well as warm candlelight from the lanterns were added to frame the couple at the altar. The sentimental ceremony included readings by their soon-to- be brother-in-law and Whitney’s longtime family friend marrying them.

As a tribute to Whitney’s farming hometown and Greg’s new business venture, sprigs of lavender were used to elegantly accent the flutes of champagne welcoming guests to the cocktail reception, overlooking La Costa’s expansive golf course. Inside the ballroom, dining tables displayed a mixture of tall centerpieces in gorgeous cut-crystal vases and elegant candelabras and low silver mercury footed pedestals. Artfully composed by The Vines Leaf, arrangements were filled with all of the bride’s favorites, including dreamy Juliet garden roses, full-sized blush Café au Lait dahlias and draping ivory tulips. And LOTS and LOTS of warm candlelight romantically illuminating the ballroom. Large French doors to the side of the room led to a sprawling terrace and a lounge setup of tufted and mirrored furniture, also highlighted by candlelight and soft lighting. Just as impressive as the room décor was the amazing wedding cake from Filigree Cakes, which our groom and his sweet tooth were MOST anxious to enjoy! Tiers of vanilla cake, Bavarian cream and fresh berries and decadent chocolate cake filled with layers of chocolate hazelnut were complemented with fresh flowers, pearl accents and the couple’s monogram. And symbolically tying all the details together were the toasting glasses from Whitney’s parents’ wedding, displayed by the bride and groom.

The evening began with our father of the bride giving an emotionally touching speech, reflecting on special father-daughter moments he and Whitney shared together and also warmly welcoming Greg into the family. Following suit, our maid-of-honor cleverly recounted many of the youthful adventures she and Whitney shared, including the fateful trip to Las Vegas where the bride and groom first met. And not to be outdone, Greg’s brothers and co-best men thoroughly entertained and simultaneously humiliated their middle brother by reading entries from a journal Greg kept as a child, while in the end, concluding their speeches with heartfelt words exhibiting the deep bond and connection the three brothers shared. The remainder of the evening was all about dancing and celebrating. Even with many guests having to board planes in a few hours to return to the east coast, the incredible 16-piece band from Wayne Foster Entertainment kept the dance-floor packed and by the designated end time, guests were repeatedly chanting “ONE MORE SONG,” refusing to call it a night!

From the Bride… What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas… right? Not in this case. I was in town with a friend wanting to watch March Madness at a low key spot ,while Greg, in from NYC, shared the same idea. We both landed at Emeril Lagasse’s sports bar, and as the famous chef would say: “BAM!” Sparks flew and Greg ended up on one knee and offered me a ring made from a cocktail straw promising eternity – it was truly love at first sight! Just seven months after Greg had proposed with a cocktail straw ring, and coordinating dates all over the country from Austin, NYC, San Diego, Park City, Seattle, and a 2,980 mile road trip, Greg officially made the move to Southern California and this time proposed to me with the real thing.

The day was EVERYTHING we had hoped for… Love filled our hearts, romance filled the air and we had so much FUN until the early hours of the morning! We are forever grateful to Sin City!

Photographer: John & Joseph Photography | Event Planning: SPARK Event Consulting | Wedding Cake: Filigree Cakes | Bridesmaids Dresses: Dessy | Lighting: G2 Audio and Lighting | Band & Ceremony Music: Wayne Foster Music & Entertainment | Bridal Boutique: Mary Me Bridal | Bridal Gown: Allure | Bridal Stylist: Hope Stanley | Ceremony & Reception: La Costa Resort & Spa | Ceremony Decor: Flowers Annette Gomez | Chair Rentals: Chiavari Chair Rentals | Event Stationery: Cherish Paperie | Invitation Design: Checkerboard | Invitation Retailer: Paper Paper | Invitation Retailer: Paper Paper | Linen Rentals: Wildflower Linen | Reception Decor: The Vines Leaf

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DIY Romantic Beach Wedding at Levyland Estate

This wedding is pure lovely. The type of lovely you just want to get lost in all day long, because as you start to peel back all the layers, you realize it just keeps getting prettier. from the way Honey Honey Photography told the story of this couples’ day with their gorgeous images to all the thoughtful DIY details, this gallery is one you can’t miss.


From Andre…The moment I saw Lyndsay, I knew it. We met through mutual friends on a night when we were both third wheels. As the night went on, we talked more and more, and then there wasn’t a bone in my body that believed otherwise, I knew she was the one. After that first night though, it took some time to develop. We were living on opposite sides of the country. I was living in New York cooking, and Lyndsay was in Los Angeles getting her Master’s Degree. An email a month later turned into weekly emails. This turned into a weekly telephone conversation. Before long it was my routine to walk home every night after work making my midnight Eastern Time phone call three hours back to Lyndsay in Los Angeles. Nearly two years later, after numerous trips to and from New York and LA, it was time for us to see what life would be like living in the same city. Lyndsay took a flight out to New York and I quit my job and bought a car. We loaded up the car together with as much stuff as would fit and we drove across the country together. I couldn’t have thought of a better way to leave New York. After living and loving our LA life for a few years we finally made a trip back to New York, and it was on this trip we were engaged!

From Lyndsay…And so began our wedding planning process! After getting engaged in New York City, my first line of business was finding a venue. I was astounded at the sheer number of venue options, but quickly found the absolute perfect match with Levyland Estates. I loved that Levyland was in Carlsbad, a few miles from my parent’s house, and on the same stretches of beach I literally spent every summer on growing up. It was not only gorgeous, but had such a homey feel that helped set the tone for the rest of the wedding and planning process. We ended up going for a casual, beach elegance that had a very natural feel. Browns, golds, and white’s took center stage, surrounded by pops of pinks and greens lent by the floral arrangements we put together the day before the wedding. I let Andre take the lead on the catering and food as that is definitely his expertise. We also chose our DIY projects carefully so we wouldn’t get too overwhelmed. My dad pitched in by making our ceremony arch and lawn games. The flowers were a great group bonding activity and was actually very relaxing (while the gals put together arrangements, the guys went out go-kart racing). We had my cousin’s husband officiate the ceremony which was extra special and I discovered a new craft and past time in invitation/card making. All of our other vendors were amazing and not only came together seamlessly, but truly went above and beyond to help us create a beautiful and memorable wedding. There were a few days throughout the process that verged on the stressful and even had me daydreaming about an elopement, but let me tell you the moment I was started walking down the aisle of all our closest family and friends to “Clair de Lune” with my dad at my side and saw Andre’s eyes twinkling at me from the altar I knew everything was happening just as it was meant to and I would not have traded those memories or that night for anything in the world.

Photography: Honey Honey Photography | Videography: Xander B | Floral Design: Arranged By Family And Friends | Hair And Makeup: Jayden Presleigh Salon | Officiant: Bride's Cousin | Wedding Venue: Levyland Estate | Arch: Built By Bride's Father | Catering And Rentals: DK Catering | Churro Stand: Churros El Tigre | DJ And Lighting: Music Phreek DJ And Lighting | Day-of Coordination: Tres Chic Affairs | Floral Headpiece: LaCosta Farms And Flowers | Invites And Save The Dates: Made By Bride | Photobooth: San Diego Photobooth Rentals | Primary Dress: Delphine Manivet | Second Dress: Shareen Vintage Rework | Sweets: LeRoy's Sweet Potato Shack

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